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It’s that time of year again…
A balmy summer is coming to an end, the party conference season is just beginning, and the New Statesman is teaming up with dozens of partners and sponsors to deliver a huge range of fringe events attracting some of the biggest names in parliament, politics and business. Last year we hosted over 35 events across three conferences, bringing together policymakers and thought leaders for hours of enlightening and intelligent discussion and debate. Hosting MPs and peers from all sides of the House, we've organised panels of experts, Q&As and drinks receptions that are at the cutting edge of the conference calendar.
After yet another year of upsets and volatility in the UK political scene, this year's conferences are set to be as exciting and unpredictable as any, and the New Statesman will be at the forefront, bringing together politicians and high-profile figures in local government, charities, NGOs and industry, to discuss the most pressing policy issues and political controversies of the day.
So far, the leadership is succeeding in selling Brand Starmer. The problem is it is having less success in selling Brand Labour.
The problem for ministers is that the sensible precautionary measures they take highlight the risks that people are being asked to bear.
A sincere commitment by all parties has enabled parliament to pass a landmark piece of legislation.
The Prime Minister claims “too many care homes didn’t follow procedures” – but his government made the rules.
Wera Hobhouse: If you served in the coalition and describe yourself as centre-left, you must repudiate your involvement with that government.
Keir Starmer’s best hope of becoming prime minister is for the Lib Dems to deny the Conservatives an outright majority.
An organic food grower based in East Sussex writes of the racism she has experienced in her seven years working with nature.
The rise of outdoor socialising has exposed a previously hidden problem: the UK has privatised its toilets.
The rising star's endorsement is a coup for Ed Davey. But it's also a blow to Layla Moran.
The Prime Minister and his advisers seem to be preparing to use their own bungled response to the pandemic as the rationale for reforming the state.